People without vaccine are at high risk
Yet officials said vaccine-driven poliovirus is rare and the risk to the public as a whole is extremely low. Vanessa Saliba, consultant epidemiologist at UKHSA, said in a statement: ‘Vaccine-driven poliovirus has the potential to spread, especially in communities where vaccines are scarce. On rare occasions it can cause paralysis in people who have not been fully vaccinated.’
Tips for staying up-to-date on vaccines
He also urged people to stay up-to-date about the polio vaccine, especially the parents of young children, who might have missed the opportunity to be vaccinated. Several close viruses were also found in sewage samples taken between February and May. The UK was declared polio free in 2003. The last confirmed case of wild polio contracted in the UK was in 1984.